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Deciding which elective to take?
Talk to your counselor!

Going Far!

Palms 8th graders can take a trip to the East Coast!

Learn more about Eighth Grade.

8th Grade Courses and Electives

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Required Courses
Category Course
English English 8 AB
Social Science United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict 8 AB

One of the following:

  • Algebra Readiness
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
Science Science 8 AB
Physical Education 8th Grade Physical Education
Elective Courses
Elective for the Modern Media and Communication Magnet
Category Elective
Modern Media and Communications Video Production (Theatre & Media)

Electives for All Other Students
Category Elective Requires the approval of
Art Art  
  Advanced Art Ms. Goldin
  Design Craft  
General Ballet Folklórico Mrs. Santana
  English Language Development Intervention  
  Computers / Robotics  
  Video Production (Theatre & Media) Mrs. Clark
  Yearbook Ms. Goldberg
Instrumental Music Beginning Winds (winds, brass, and percussion instruments) Ms. Jones
  Beginning Strings (strings only, no guitar) Ms. Jones
  Band Ms. Jones and audition
  Orchestra Ms. Jones and audition
Service Teacher's Aide a specific teacher
  Office Worker your Counselor
  Leadership Mr. Nicholson
Elective Sign-Ups

7th grade students going into 8th grade can discuss their elective choices when they meet with their counselor in the Spring of 7th grade. Before the start of school in the Fall, students (other than those in the Modern Media and Communications Magnet) can submit their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd elective choices for 8th grade using the Elective Preference Form on the Electives page.

The counselors try to accommodate each student's preferences, although not everyone can have their first choice.